Insecurity, creativity and inclusion: A Virtual Panel Conversation

June 26, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Online

part of a series on Insecure


About the speaker

Insecurity and creativity are intertwined. By confronting what makes us uncomfortable, we can overcome what holds us back and discover who we really are on our journey to become the most creative versions of ourselves. But discovering yourself is difficult in a world that’s not reflective of who you are. For people who come from traditionally marginalized backgrounds – including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour – that makes growing into creativity even more difficult.

On Friday, June 26, CreativeMornings Ottawa will host a panel discussion on insecurity, creativity and inclusion. The panelists will bring their personal relationship with insecurity and the unique challenge of confronting what makes them uncomfortable in a world that frequently marginalizes diverse voices. The event will highlight these panelists’ efforts to create spaces of inclusion and representation and, in the process, create environments where people are free to celebrate who they are.

(Moderator) Sharon Nyangweso is the Founder and CEO of QuakeLab, a full-stack communications and inclusion agency. Sharon specializes in a radical new approach to diversity and inclusion that is measurable, strategic, and based on a strong foundation of human-centred design. A thought leader in moving inclusivity from aspiration to action and empathetic community engagement. An immigrant from Kenya who now lives and worked in Canada, Sharon has worked across sectors with organizations in 11 countries.

Lindsay Kavanagh is a digital marketing expert and the co-founder of Dapper & Daring, an online directory of LGBTQ+ friendly businesses in the Ottawa region. Dapper & Daring launched in the summer of 2017 and is run and maintained by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Lindsay is also the digital marketing manager at Invest Ottawa , advertising professor at Algonquin College, and a digital marketing consultant.

Harar Hall is a queer Jamaican-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, poet and baker currently living, working and creating on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin/ Anishinaabe territory. They founded Sweet Hart Desserts in 2019 with the goal of bringing people together with delicious and beautiful vegan treats. They use their art and poetry to explore themes of identity recognizing that these themes inform their experiences with love, lust, belonging, happiness, empowerment and, person storytelling. In all of their work they center healing.

Claudia Gutierrez is a Latin-Canadian artist living in Ottawa. Her studies specialized in painting and printmaking, recently informing her exploration of textile work after completing residencies in Canada and Mexico. She has been an active advocate and cultural worker for the local arts community for the past decade. By utilizing her training in embroidery, hand dying and printmaking, Claudia imbues a sense of methodical mark making, repetitive and meditative contrasting her process which is often reliant on chance and improvisation.

Kevin Bourne is a Toronto-native turned Ottawa-based media/entertainment entrepreneur, freelance journalist, and media personality. He’s the co-founder and CEO of PR and content marketing firm SHIFTER Agency Inc. and is currently co-host of The Morning Shift, Ottawa’s daily hip-hop morning radio show. ​The former political staffer has quickly becoming a staple in Ottawa and Canada’s cultural landscape as both a commentator and freelancer. Doubling as editor-in-chief and columnist at SHIFTER magazine, Kevin has covered some of Canada’s top red carpet events, from the Junos to the Canadian Screen Awards and has interviewed everyone from Kevin Hart to"Fast and the Furious" star Tyrese Gibson to Best Director Oscar nominee Lenny Ambrahamson.

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Additional details

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community with chapters in over 200 cities around the world. Each month we host an event that is always on a Friday, always in the morning, and always free. We provide coffee, a light breakfast, and a 20-30 minute presentation from a local creative person on the global CreativeMornings theme for that month.

Event Schedule:
8:20 AM - Download Zoom, test features & get cozy.
8:30 AM - Virtual doors open
8:35 AM - Welcome & CM intro
8:50 AM - Spoken word by Harar Hall
8:52 AM - Panelists take the virtual stage
9:30 AM - Open the floor to audience questions
9:45 AM - Closing remarks
9:55 AM - Audience takes the stage!
10:00 AM - Exit Zoom app.

How to join our virtual event:
Please register as you would normally and a few days before the event we will share out a Zoom link.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, check out this link to learn how to join the call. We recommend joining in from a computer/laptop, but a tablet or phone will also work. You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.

Don’t forget to download the Zoom app from the Download Center before joining the talk. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the join link (it can take some time).

About the theme:
Insecurity shrinks our optimism, beliefs around potential, and blinds us to how things really are or how they could be. We project our greatest fears when we succumb to the negative ways we are conditioned to react.

How can we start to overcome insecurity and strengthen ourselves?

According to author Leo Babauta, we can begin with a small dose of courage: “A bit of courage. Just in small doses, to start with, but it means a willingness to set aside all the distractions for a little bit, and just focus on what you’re struggling with.”

By observing and seeing, we can catch the early moments we allow our insecurities in. Pay attention to when you are being driven by insecurity and notice what exactly makes you contract. The secret is that the path out can be found in the patterns we have repeated thousands of times.

Ignite a small dose of your courage and fiercely protect its flame. Commit to breaking one limiting belief at a time. With good work and focus, you’ll soon be able to spread your wings and fly higher.

Our Louisville chapter chose this month’s exploration of Insecure, Rachael Sinclair illustrated the theme, and WordPress.com is presenting the theme globally.